Xavier Foley, contrabass, and Eunice Kim, violin, join the Phil in a brilliant performance of Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante. Concert highlights also include Foley’s own composition, For Justice and Peace–written to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of slave ships in Jamestown–and the Colorado premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s suite from her opera, Cold Mountain. The concert concludes with Dvořák’s 8th Symphony, an homage to his Bohemian homeland.
Saturday, November 12
Pre-Concert Talk at 6:00PM
Program at 7:00PM
Macky Auditorium – Boulder, CO
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor
Eunice Kim, violin
Xavier Foley, contrabass
Suite from Cold Mountain | Colorado Premiere
For Justice and Peace
Gran Duo Concertante
Symphony No. 8
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Beyond the Performance
About Jennifer Higdon
Pulitzer Prize and three-time Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon taught herself to play flute at the age of 15 and began formal musical studies at 18, with an even later start in composition at the age of 21. Higdon has become a major figure in contemporary Classical music. Her works represent a wide range of genres, from orchestral to chamber, to wind ensemble, as well as vocal, choral and opera. Her music has been hailed by Fanfare Magazine as having “the distinction of being at once complex, sophisticated but readily accessible emotionally”, with the Times of London citing it as “…traditionally rooted, yet imbued with integrity and freshness.” The League of American Orchestras reports that she is one of America’s most frequently performed composers.
From JenniferHigdon.com | Photo by Candance DiCarlo
Eunice Kim on music and playing violin as a child
“I grew up listening to mostly classical music – my family always had the classical radio station on in the mornings. I first started branching out in my teens, and listened to a whole slew of genres. I started playing violin when I was 4. It was technically chosen for me – I received it as a gift for my third birthday. Actually, I didn’t know what a violin was; I was just enamored by the little black violin case wrapped with such a huge shiny red bow (I guess one could say I am a sucker for packaging!). I also played piano briefly for a few years, as well as flute for very short period of time. Violin was the one that really stuck!”
Xavier Foley on composing
“I tend to think of musical genres as a branding function; certain sound bites are assigned a specific name. When I write something, my goal is to create diverse feelings that in the end create a musical story line. So I don’t necessarily lean towards a specific genre, but rather, I use musically branded material created in the past to help me create new combinations of sound.”